The protagonist in this poem fuels his rage by burying it within himself. He compares this attitude with his improved behavior toward his "buddy" in the opening stanza. When the character feels enraged at a buddy, he talks about it with him and, as a consequence, moves on. If he didn't deal with his feelings eventually, they would have turned into hatred that would have destroyed what was good about his relationship.
Rage can be destructive because it prevents us from thinking clearly or acting responsibly. It's best to keep our emotions under control so we don't do anything we'll regret later.
Persona is a literary term for the character of a story or poem. In order to tell a good story, it is necessary to create distinct characters who have goals and motivations that drive them to act.
In "The Poisonous Tree", William Wordsworth uses personification to show how the angry young man used his rage to destroy what was good about his relationship with his friend. He says that if his friend had not talked with him when he felt angry, he would have ended up hating him.
Wordsworth here is telling us that it's important to express our feelings and listen to others when they talk with us. If we don't, then we run the risk of destroying what was once good between us.
How do the acts of the speaker in the opening stanza prompt action throughout the poem? The speaker shows their wrath to their buddy but not to their opponent, causing tension between the friend and the foe. This rivalry causes the speaker to want to see how poisonous this tree is, so he walks up to it (starts action) and throws a rock at it (completes action). If the tree wasn't poisonous, then his act would have been meaningless. However, since it is poisonous, he gets hurt instead.
Here are the three stanzas that form the beginning of the poem:
"My name's Bradley Walker and I live in Bloomington, Indiana. I'm in third year English at IU and I love reading and writing poetry. When I graduate I want to be a writer for a magazine or newspaper."
The first stanza introduces us to the character named Bradley Walker who lives in Bloomington, Indiana. He says that he is in college studying English; therefore, he reads and writes poems. In addition, he wants to be a writer for a magazine or newspaper when he graduates from college.
The second stanza continues where the first one left off. It describes what kind of work Bradley hopes to do after graduation from college.
The poem's theme is that if we harbor and nourish our anger, it becomes toxic and can damage others. The narrator establishes the context for this message in the first line by explaining that when he gets furious with someone and informs them, his anger subsides. He concludes that anger is both harmful and contagious.
This interpretation explains why the poet warns us not to feed our anger. It also accounts for the fact that anger can harm others even before we say or do anything rash. Grown men have been known to choke their mates out of jealousy; mothers will kill their children by beating them with objects too small to cause death but large enough to leave bruises on the body, etc. Anger can lead to actions that hurt others without our even knowing it. This idea is reinforced by the last two lines of the poem: "So keep your temper under control, please." Without feeding our anger, we can protect others from harm.
The message of the poison tree is clear: be careful what you wish for because it might come true. If you get angry at someone and they respond with anger, don't be surprised if things end up hurting each other. Avoid letting anger build up inside of you because it can cause harm even before you act on it. Keep your temper under control so you don't cause any harm to others.